Josephine Lao Whyman
1936 - 2021
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Josephine Lao Whyman

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother Josephine Lao Whyman passed away peacefully at home on January 2, 2021, after a 5-month-long battle with Dementia/Alzheimer's. She was known to her friends as "Josie". Her parents were Clemente Abayon Lao and Filomena Honorio. She was born on August 27, 1936 in Baybay Leyte, in the Philippines, and was 84 years old. She was the youngest of the five siblings (all deceased).

In 1963, Josephine was married to Ellsworth Lamar Green SR who was in the US Navy at the time. He was stationed at the Sangley Point Naval Base, Cavite City, in the Philippines. In 1973, Ellsworth was transferred to the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) in Port Hueneme, CA and Josie remained with him for 13 years until the marriage ended in divorce in 1976.

In 1980, Josephine married John Earl Whyman and spent 15 of the happiest years of her life living with him at the Ventura Harbor Mobile Home Park Community, until his death in August 1995. She was an active member of the park community and participated in all the park activities including: "square dancing, line dancing, ballroom dancing, karaoke, social events and more". She remained in the same park for the remainder of her life and was known and love by everyone residing there.

Josephine was preceded in death by her son; Ellsworth Lamar Green Jr. who died unexpectedly on January 7, 2011 in Camarillo California and coincidentally buried on the same day, January 15, 2011, exactly 10 years earlier. She is survived by her daughters, Amy Halbig, Annie Green and Alice Robenolt; grandchildren (Jerry, Timmy, Jamason, Dominic, Cassandra, Catrina, and Nicholas); great-grandchildren (Jaiden, Brookelyn, Anthony, Timothy Jr, Aaliyah, and Kayla); and great-great-grandchildren (Raelyn and Greyson).

Due the the current COVID restrictions, there will only be a private graveside service at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, 15 Jan. Arrangements are under the direction of Ivy Lawn Funeral Home, 5400 Valentine Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. We will do a celebration of life when and if the COVID restrictions are lifted. A special thank you to Jim Wilson and the So Cal Hospice Care INC. (especially Luz and Danny) in Granada Hills, California. They did a phenomenal job in providing nursing, homecare services and meeting her needs. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dementia/Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of your choice in honor of Josephine.




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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 26, 2021
I've known Josie in the '70's in the Philippines. She was our landlady, renting an apartment from them. She was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. I know her family and friends will miss her deeply. Rest in Peace my friend.
Rosie Murray
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January 26, 2021
To Amy, Annie and Alice, your mother was an amazing lady and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will miss her deeply. I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Rosie Murray
Rosie Murray
January 24, 2021
Miss Josie was a family friend and neighbor for 39 years. My Mom Madelyn and her loved to go shopping for good deals and attend social events together. Josephine was a great singer and I remember a favorite song was 'Besame Mucho' and she sang it beautifully. She was also great dancer, had a great smile and laugh . My widowed Dad was a constant companion and friend of hers for the last 19 years and they were inseparable. She will be missed but will always be remembered.
Travis Jones
Friend
January 24, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Travis Jones
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January 24, 2021
My Condolences to the Family. Miss Josie was a 39 year friend and neighbor of our family. My Mom Madelyn enjoyed getting together with her for social events and shopping for good deals and later she became my Dad's companion for the last 19 years. I remember many fun times singing Karaoke and she was a great singer. I can still here her singing 'Besame Mucho', she will be missed by many.
Travis Jones
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